I spent about 10 days back home, and they went really fast. It was a somewhat hazardous holiday. Both my brother and his dog had "paw" injuries--my brother from cutting ham and my brother's dog from having my brother cut his nails. Doesn't he look sad? Notice the bandage.
I don't prepare for weeks before. That would be a sane thing to do, but unfortunately, that would negate the whole purpose of having it after the holidays because I'm too busy in December. No, I prefer to wait until a day or two before and work nonstop.
I had Friday off and so decided to work my magic that day. I had planned my menu a few weeks in advance, tweaking it along the way. I ordered most of the ingredients from Peapod (love it!). All of the stuff was able to be made ahead. Here's the menu:
- Steamy Passion Cocktail
- Terrific Red Lentil Soup
- Spinach Cheese Quiche
- Bacon Onion Tart--with this filling
- Black Bean Dip
Before guests arrived, I had a quiet moment:
Yup, bar's all set...
Let the guests arrive!
And Jake wins as the youngest guest in his cute puppy outfit from Christine! :)
When guests left, I gave them a tea bag with a sticker commemmorating the event. Unfortunately, the stickers were illegible. Doh!